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Goel hits back at Maken

The war of words between the BJP and the Congress candidates from New Delhi constituency, Vijay Goel and Ajay Maken, respectively, refuses to die down. Vijay Goel challenged his Congress rival and Union Minister Ajay Maken to an 'open debate' on the issue of development of the city.

delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2009 00:45 IST
HT Correspondent

The war of words between the BJP and the Congress candidates from New Delhi constituency, Vijay Goel (55) and Ajay Maken (44), respectively, refuses to die down.

A day after Maken asked Goel to talk about the work he had done during his tenure as a minister in the NDA government and as the MP from Chandni Chowk and Sadar, Goel hit back by saying that Maken has not finished any work that he took up as Minister of State for Urban Development.

“Right from the time he was a minister in the Delhi government, Maken has only hoodwinked people through false and lofty promises while none of his assurances have ever materialised,” Goel said.

“The Master Plan for Delhi is yet not ready and the government has only been asking for moratoriums every year. The sealing drive would start once again if the Congress comes back to power,” he said.

Goel also claimed that slum dwellers are yet to get a single flat, which were promised to them in the scheme to develop in situ accommodation for them.

“Maken has also hoodwinked people living in unauthorised colonies by promising regularisation, which is yet to happen,” he said.

He also alleged that Maken has not visited the New Delhi constituency after being elected from there in the last Lok Sabha elections.

“He cannot provide water and power, which is the biggest problem in the constituency. The condition of government flats is deplorable,” he said. Goel also raked up the issue of scam in the allotment of DDA flats. Maken, on the other hand, said the people have already favoured him and the Congress in the past elections to the Parliament and Delhi Assembly.

“Why is he shying away from setting his past achievements and future agenda in public domain rather than making unfounded allegations on issues on which people have already given their verdict,” Maken said.